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Just in time for the anniversary of her birth (Dec. 31, 1948), the late Donna Summer is once again No. 1, as "MacArthur Park 2013" tops Dance Club Songs. Cool.
Connecting a diva of the past to one of the very-present present, I'm reminded of how new Billboard 200 leader Beyonce sampled Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" on her smash "Naughty Girl." Summer's song was her first Hot 100 hit, reaching No. 2 in 1976. Beyonce's reworking of it rose to No. 3 in 2004.
Crazy, and now drunk, in love for Donna, always,
Summer was, and remains, a dance icon, so it's great to see our charts reflect how her music will live on long past her life. (She passed away on May 17 of last year.)
By the way, a wide range of other star acts have covered or sampled "Love to Love You Baby," including U2, No Doubt, TLC, Samantha Fox, Digital Underground, Debby Harry and Tom Tom Club.
Back to "MacArthur Park," we noted yesterday the many acts that have covered that classic, including "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1993 parody "Jurassic Park." Since the 20th anniversary 3D rerelease of "Jurassic Park" this year was one of my top movies of 2013, let's revisit his hilarious and clever video for the song:
Speaking of the best of 2013, again, please feel free to get your picks in for next week's year-end "Ask Billboard." Emailing email@example.com, or Tweeting @gthot20, with your top songs, albums, concerts, artists or more is your route to next week's column.
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